South Africa’s Natalie du Toit blew away the field at the King’s Park Aquatic Centre in Durban on Thursday evening to win her fifth gold medal of the IPC World Swimming Championships.
Swimming in her shortest race, the women’s S9 50 metres freestyle, Du Toit clocked a time of 29.20secs, to beat April Kerley of America (30.14secs) and Russia’s Irina Grazhdanova (30.51secs).
“I felt really good again. I started safe and then picked it up towards the end. April really gave me a good fright but I’m happy with the way I swam,” Du Toit explained.
The 22-year-old was neck-and neck with Kerley past the halfway mark, but the South African pulled away in typical fashion to win by a length.
Du Toit goes in search of her sixth gold medal of the Championships on Friday in the five-kilometre open water swim at the Hazelmere Dam.
The open water swim sees 35 competitors take to the water, with no classification.
A gold, silver and bronze medal will be handed over to the first three male and female swimmers to finish. Eight of the nine swimmers in the South African squad competed on Thursday.
Shareen Sapiro, winner of a bronze medal in the women’s S10 100 metres backstroke on Sunday, placed 14th in the women’s S10 50 metres freestyle heats, while Emile Gray, finished 18th in the women’s S9 50 metres freestyle heats.
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